It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Alec
Bradley Magic Toast in the Robusto size. This 5 x 52 cigar retails for $8.95
and sports an extremely dark wrapper leaf from Honduras. Inside, there are both
Nicaraguan and Honduran binders as well as fillers from both of those same
The cold draw is snug with a mossy flavor. The wrapper
produces a rich dark cocoa aroma, while I smell chocolate and strawberry out of
the foot. The first light hits me with buttery cedar and black pepper. Through
the nose, spice kicks up with red pepper and more cedar. The finish gives me cocoa
Twenty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. I pick
up cocoa and black pepper on the draw. Through the nose, dried fruit blends
with walnut and floral notes. The finish offers up some dark chocolate with
raspberry and clove. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.
The second third brings me to one hour. I find more black
pepper on the draw with the addition of vegetal earth. The retro-hale consists
of buttery toast and more floral notes. The finish is delightful with sweet
chocolate and marshmallow flavors reminiscent of hot cocoa. There is no change
to strength or body.
The final third ends at one hour and thirty minutes. Black
pepper and black licorice mix well on the draw. I see no change of flavors
through the nose. The finish displays smoky cedar and black pepper. Nearly all
elements of sweetness drop off in this final third. Strength and body finish
out at medium-to-full.
The Alec Bradley Magic Toast is an excellent cigar. It
offers a ton of complexity with many dark, dessert-like flavors. Construction
is absolutely perfect with ash stacking like quarters. To top it off, the price
is extremely competitive at just a hair under $9. This is one of the best Alec
Bradley cigars to date, and I highly recommend giving it a try.
It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Drew Estate
Liga Privada Unico Serie Nasty Fritas. This little cigar is a 4 x 52 short
pyramid featuring a Connecticut Broadleaf Oscuro wrapper and Brazilian Mata
Fina binder. The fillers consist of Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos originating
from the trimmings of the Liga Privada No. 9 and T52. The cigar retails for
$6.25 and comes packed in boxes of 50 for $325.
Thirty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the
draw, I pick up a mix of cocoa and leather. Through the nose, I find some mild
cedar flavor. The finish offers lingering black pepper spice with a hint of
cocoa. Strength and body settle in at medium.
The second third ends at fifty minutes. The draw displays the
same flavors with some added pep. On the retro-hale, there is more cedar with
the addition of black pepper. The finish is delicious with a hearty blend of
bold cocoa, black pepper, and espresso. Strength and body jump slightly to
The final third wisps away around one hour and fifteen
minutes. I see no change to the flavors on the draw. Through the nose, black
pepper and cinnamon spice up my sinuses. The finish gives me bombs of black
pepper and dark cocoa. There is no change to strength or body.
The Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Nasty Fritas – what
a mouthful – is a solid small cigar. Complexity is on the low end, but the
flavors I picked up on this cigar were excellent. Construction is spot on, and
it even burns slower than expected. If you enjoy any of the Liga Privada line
of cigars, you will enjoy this. It won’t blow your mind, but it’s certainly a
tasty little smoke with a good price point. I highly recommend trying it out.
Patina cigars are made at Mombacho Cigars S.A.’s Casa Favilli factory in Nicaragua. Creator and owner of the Patina brand Mo Maali, is also the National Sales Manager for the Mombacho brand. The Patina cigars are also the first time Casa Favilli used tobaccos from outside of Nicaragua.
The med plus to full Patina Habano has an Ecuadorian habano wrapper, and Nicaraguan and Pennsylvanian binders and fillers. Also, they come packed in 16ct boxes, commemorating the number of steps on the stairway at Casa Favilli.
“When we flew down to Nicaragua to meet with the factories we had an idea of what we were looking for, but not necessarily a specific factory in mind. After we met with Mombacho, it became clear early on that ours and Mombacho’s visions and values were very similar…We wanted more than a factory that could produce us a cigar, we wanted to be a part of a family, and that sums up the relationship between Patina and Mombacho.”
This Patina Habano is sheer perfection to the eye. First off, its incredibly smooth, seamless and oily with a med dark leathery sheen. There is also a double cap and very tiny veins adorning the wrapper. And again, I cannot find a seam here! absolutely Stunning!!!
The Aroma coming from the wrapper smells like chocolate covered socks, but socks right after you take your shoes off. To any new readers, don’t fret, these are good aromas in cigar language, LOL! The foot gives off chocolate covered nuts, wood and musky soil. The cold draw was medium firm with tones of hay, tea and wood. A far cry from the rich potent aromas on the wrapper and foot.
First Third: How You Doin’!!!
Well ladies and gentlemen, I’m in love…I think. I’m immediately hit with a powerful yet balanced blast of spicy black pepper, sweet red pepper and woody nuttiness. I’m experiencing old leather, raisin and baking spice thru the nose on the retrohale. What an amazing start to the Patina Habano, with a perfect draw and an admirable cloud output. The smoke is not as thick as it feels but it is raging off of the foot.
Later on in the 1st third, I notice a slight metallic mineral flavor that isn’t off putting in this case because it’s balanced by the initial flavors. Also, there is a refreshing cream flavor floating around on the palate as well as the retrohale. I couldn’t have scripted a better introduction to a cigar.
Second Third: Habano Love
Just as I thought the spice factor had warn out it’s welcome, it came charging back at my palate and nostrils in the form of a black and white pepper grenade. A creamy cedar is leading the flavor parade at this point and the woody finish lingers on my tongue quite a bit. At the half way point, I start getting blessed with a hint of a dark cherry licorice like sweetness and some subtle warm baked bread nuances. I guess it’s also fair to say that the strength has reached full because I’m getting a head buzz!
Final Third: Best Blind Date Ever.
Cedar, leather and cream are the contributing factors opening up the Patina Habano finale. Also, the flavor of white pepper is noticeable but not the spiciness of it. we’re at a smooth level of bonding at this point. However, I am still getting satisfying blasts of dried fruit and citrus in the nose. Before I reached nub territory, I clipped the head again to open the cigar back up a bit. I guess drooling over your cigar from sheer bliss will inevitably cause a little tar build up, LOL! This alleviated any bitterness from ruining our night together. I Put the cigar down in the ash tray for the final time with semi sweet creamy cedar coating my palate.
I can’t help but to reiterate how beautfully made this cigar is. It’s quite possible that I stared at it for at least 20min, admiring it’s craftsmanship. After thinking, I realize that Casa Favilli only puts out works of art, considering the Mombacho line. I’m on the verge of diving into both brands as I’ve sampled 1 from each, including this one. But, I can honestly say that I am looking forward to the experience!
I’d like to give a special S/O to my Brothers Shad Bates from Janus Tobak and Mike aka @EmojiStogies for providing all the Patina and Mombacho cigars in my humidor. I would also like to Thank you guys for taking the time to share another cigar adventure with me.
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It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out Foundation
Cigar Company’s newest offering. The Tabernacle Havana Seed CT #142 is a follow
up to the original Tabernacle release. For this review, I smoke the Toro. This
6 x 52 parejo retails for $11.50. It features a Connecticut Havana Seed CT #142
wrapper concealing a Mexican San Andres binder and fillers from Nicaragua and
It should be noted this stick is one of the most perfectly
rolled cigars I’ve seen in quite a long time. The silky smooth wrapper produces
chocolate and leather while I smell rich tobacco. The cold draw gives me a hint
of raisin flavor.
Once lit, there’s an oily earth which I can best describe as
olive oil mixed with dirt. Through the nose, I find sweet cocoa and marshmallow.
The finish hits me with leather and subtle black pepper.
Thirty minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw,
cocoa blends with black pepper and leather. Through the nose, there is an exceptionally
delicious combo of sweet cocoa and marshmallow almost like a hot chocolate. The
finish offers black pepper and leather alongside earth. Both strength and body
settle in at medium.
One hour passes, and I see the second third wisp away. There’s
more cocoa and black pepper on the tongue with the addition of graham cracker. The
retro-hale continues to delight with a transition to more of a Snicker’s bar
flavor with nougat, cocoa, and nuttiness. The finish gives me a blend of spicy
black pepper, cedar, and black licorice. Strength and body both bump up
slightly to medium-to-full.
One hour and forty-five minutes in, the final third
finishes. I pick up some cocoa, espresso, and leather on the draw. Through the
nose, there is another transition with flavors of cocoa, black pepper, and
cinnamon. The finish ramps up with bold black pepper, black licorice, and
orange peel. This third brought strength and body to a hefty full.
The Tabernacle Havana Seed CT #142 by Foundation Cigar Co.
is one of the best cigars I’ve smoked in a long time. It’s a phenomenal blend
that astonishes the palate with a great deal of complexity and dessert-like
flavors. Construction is absolutely perfect, and smoke pours off this gem. It’s
a must try and multiple-box worthy cigar I highly recommend.
It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Warped La
Relatos The First. Around 10 years ago, this cigar made its original appearance
and now returns for more. This 6 x 38 Petit Lancero retails for $9.30 and looks
to be perfectly rolled. The blend consists of an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with
a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan fillers.
Pre-light, the draw gives me some oaky bourbon flavor. The wrapper
produces a hay aroma while I smell dried fruit out of the foot. Once lit, I
pick up toast with cedar. Through the nose, potent white pepper, cedar, and
toast blend together. The finish consists of spicy pepper with caramel.
Twenty minutes in, the first third closes out. I pick up
salty cedar with hazelnut and black pepper on the draw. Through the nose, spicy
ginger blends with white pepper. The finish hits me with caramel and graham
cracker. Strength and body settles in at medium.
The second third gets me to forty-five minutes. I find
similar flavors on the draw with no distinguishable changes. On the retro-hale,
cedar carries through with more ginger and caramel. The finish offers leather
on top of smoky oak and more caramel. Both strength and body remain at the
The final third pulls through to one hour and simplifies the
flavor profile. On the draw, I pick up black pepper and leather. Through the
nose, toast blends with white pepper. The finish sees no change with more
leather, smoky oak, and caramel. Strength and body finish out at medium.
Warped La Relatos The First is an excellent cigar. It offers
a thoroughly enjoyable flavor experience with moderate complexity and perfect
construction. It’s a pretty quick smoke, so don’t expect this one to last much
more than an hour. It’s a return hit from Warped, and if you like any of their
other blends, you’ll surely enjoy this. I highly recommend it!
It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I review the Southern Draw
Cedrus The Hogan. This Belicoso Fino comes in at 5 ½ x 52 and retails for
$11.99. These come packed in unique boxes of 10 with each cigar standing
upright. The cigar was made to honor Phil and Shelly Hogan, friends and early
supporters of the brand. The blend features an Indonesian Sumatra Bosuki TBN
wrapper concealing a Nicaraguan Habano binder and fillers from the Dominican
Republic and Nicaragua.
The wrapper produces a light leathery aroma, while I smell
raisin out of the foot. On the cold draw, I pick up wine notes. Once lit, this
stick blows tons of smoke. The draw offers cedar with sweet cocoa. Through the
nose, I find more cedar with spicy nuttiness. The finish hits me with red
pepper, cocoa, and molasses.
Twenty-five minutes in, the first third closes out. On the
draw, I pick up a hint of cedar with raisin and brown sugar. Through the nose,
red pepper and cinnamon mix. The finish gives me cinnamon with roasted coffee
and light molasses. Strength settles at a medium while body is very full.
The second third finishes at forty-five minutes. The draw
offers toast with more cedar and distinct flavor of sunflower seeds. On the
retro-hale, I’m greeted with more cinnamon alongside coffee. The finish
consists of bold espresso with fading molasses notes and hints of vanilla. Both
strength and vanilla sit at medium-to-full.
One hour and fifteen minutes in, the final third wraps up.
Brown sugar returns on the draw with cinnamon and some sweet cocoa. There is no
change through the nose. I find flowery earth, citrus, and molasses on the
finish. Strength and body finish out at a solid medium-to-full.
The Southern Draw Cedrus The Hogan is a phenomenal cigar. It
hits all the right notes on flavor pulling you back in with every puff, and
there’s enough complexity to keep things interesting. Every minute of this
smoke is a treat. Construction is top notch, and smoke output is plentiful. If
you haven’t tried this cigar, you’re missing out. Watch for this to hit top 25
It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Pappy Van Winkle Tradition. For this review, I smoke the 5 x 50 Belicoso Fino. This cigar features a silky smooth Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper on top of an Indonesian binder with fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The retail price for this stick is a whopping $25.
The wrapper puts off a raisin aroma, while I smell raisin and hay out of the foot. On the cold draw, I pick up airy oak. Once lit, I get some light cedar on the tongue with a salty, creaminess. Through the nose, I find toast and caramel. On the finish, there is cedar and black pepper.
The first third finishes after twenty minutes. On the draw, I get a simple mix of cedar and toast. Through the nose, a bland cedar pairs with a grassy flavor. The finish offers up black pepper alongside cinnamon and hints of cedar. Strength and body settle in at the medium mark.
Forty minutes in, the second third closes out. I pick up earth and more cedar on the draw. On the retro-hale, sweet almond and toast pair up. Black pepper and leather dominate the finish. There is no change to strength or body.
The final third comes to an end at one hour. On the draw, I find earth and cedar. Through the nose, spicy toast takes over. The finish gives me bitter earth and some black pepper. Strength and body finish out at the medium mark.
The Pappy Van Winkle Tradition missed the mark for me. It offers minimal complexity with unpleasant flavors popping up throughout. Construction was perfect, but this thing just didn’t deliver, especially when you consider the price. At $25, this cigar is very over-priced and it can’t compete with other sticks in the same price range. If you don’t mind dropping the coin, try it out, and let me know your thoughts. Otherwise, I recommend giving this one a pass.